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3 reasons to visit Milwaukee County Zoo before summer ends

Dinos, otters and a train will thrill kids

Where to see Reindeer in Chicago

Everybody knows Santa wouldn't be able to make his many deliveries without the help of his loyal team of reindeer. However, you don't need...

U-Pick farms in Northern Illinois

You and your family can pick anything from strawberries to tomatoes to, of course, apples in many U-Pick sites near Chicago.

Children’s planting garden at Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Gardens opens it's new Growing Garden this summer - dedicated space where children can plant and later come back to see how their contribution to the garden is growing.

Finding your zen spots

Are you in search of a little peace and quiet some days, but you need to figure out how to do that with kids around? Recently, local author Anne Ford scoured the city for tranquil places for her new book Peaceful Places Chicago.

Finding nature in your own backyard

Finding nature's hidden treasures can be as easy as heading out into your own backyard.

Go “green” with a trip to the tree farm for your Christmas tree

Getting your holiday tree from a tree farm not only can become an anticipated family tradition, it gives you an excuse to give your...

Follow animal tracks this winter on a path to fun

Next time a fresh snowfall blankets the Chicago area, don’t curse another Midwestern winter. Instead, bundle up the kids and introduce them to animal tracking.

Hit the ski trails across Cook County this winter

With its beautifully landscaped parks and sparkling lakefront, Chicago is well suited to its motto of Urbs in Horto, "city in a garden."...

Thrills and chills: Outdoor winter adventures in Chicago to beat back the winter blues

Nudge your pudgies off the couch this winter a family snow-tubing hill or dog-sledding adventure, or create your own backyard-or-bust version of Rudolph's Reindeer Games.
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